Cases of the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea are on the rise in England, prompting health officials to warn people to practise safe sex using condoms.
STIs have gone up by 5%, with 70,936 new gonorrhoea diagnoses in 2019 driving the increase, a Public Health England report shows.
With the infection growing more resistant to antibiotics, the figures are “concerning”, it says.
This makes it harder to control.
Men who have sex with men and heterosexuals are driving the increase in gonorrhoea infections, which have risen by 26% since 2018, the report says.
Gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria usually found in discharge from the penis and in vaginal fluid.
It can infect the entrance to the womb, the rectum and, sometimes, the throat or eyes.
The infection is passed easily between